Planting a braid cypress
I live in Middle Tennessee and I have a spot in my yard that doesn't quite dry up, ever. I was contemplating planting a bald cypress tree. I've heard that cypress trees will soak up a lot of water and have seen them thrive in the amps of Louisiana where I'm from. I know I will have to deal with the cypress knees as the tree gets bigger and someone told me you can just saw the knees off at ground level while not affecting the tree itself? Is that true and what are your thoughts on planting in a place that always is wet or damp?
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
There are some serious issues for you to consider as pointed out in the following article. Eventual size of the tree being a big one, soil acidity/alkalinity you can check with a soil pH meter or test kit from a local garden center. I'm not sure about cutting off the "knees", its best not to create wounds if you don't have to.